Simple Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos

Simple DIY Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos | TinkerLab.com

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, played a big cultural role in my childhood. You might know the holiday's symbols of colorful skulls and skeletons, altars to ancestors with offerings (ofrendas) such as candles, photographs of loved ones, and the bright marigold flowers (cempazuchitl) that are known in Mexico as the flower of the … [Read more...]

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Easy and Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab

Here comes Halloween! I scoured some of my favorite kid-friendly sites and found this awesome selection of Halloween Crafts for Kids. I think you'll love them. What does this Halloween Crafts for Kids roundup include? Ghosts, pumpkins, spider webs, mummies, monsters, and skeletons. Activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and school age kids. Crafts that kids can … [Read more...]

Fall Craft Ideas: Paint Coffee Filter Suncatchers

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

If you're interested in ways to bring the Fall season to life, today I'm sharing fall craft idea that encourages children to be inventive and think independently. Present the Supplies as an Art Invitation If you follow TinkerLab, you know that I appreciate projects that encourage children to think for themselves and come up with their own unique spin on the materials. … [Read more...]

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Critters

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Critters | TinkerLab.com

My little one and I have been taking bike rides while her sister is at school, and have had a wonderful time collecting fallen leaves. If you're looking for fall craft ideas (for kids or adults), today's simple painted leaf tutorial is a keeper. When autumn hits, this is a fun way to acknowledge the seasonal shift. Begin by collecting an assortment of leaves. Choose … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Halloween Garland

Easy DIY Halloween Garland :: Tinkerlab

Elmer's Glue sent us a big pack Early Learner's materials, and I invited my five-year old to help me come up with a project that other children might enjoy making. My kids created all sorts of things with the pom-poms, buttons, popsicle sticks, fuzzy pipe cleaners, and paper that came with the kit, and then we finally settled on this simple garland that's sure to brighten any … [Read more...]

Fingerprint Spiders for Halloween

Simple and Fun Fingerprint Spiders | Tinkerlab

Did you know that black widows are known for cannibalizing their mates?* Eek. Bet you didn't plan to come to Tinkerlab today to get info like that. Spider season has arrived, at least in the Halloween sense of the word, and while it may feel to early for some of us, kids can be wildly in tune with the changing of the seasons. And if it still feels too premature, you can … [Read more...]

50 Simple Halloween Ideas for Kids

pumpkin pie playdough, tinkerlab

If you're scrambling to pull off some Halloween magic, these simple Halloween ideas will help you move gracefully through this spooky season. Halloween Ideas: Science Experiments Let's start off with some gooey, oozy Halloween ideas that are fun to make and play with. Dry Ice Experiment, Tinkerlab 5 Fun Science Experiements, Science Sparks Elephant Toothpaste, … [Read more...]

Fall Luminary: Make a Lantern

Crayon Shavings :: from Tinkerlab, Creative Experiments for Kids

Today I'm joined by Arts Educator extraordinaire, Amanda Gross, who's back to show us how to make a Fall Luminary from leaves and melted crayons. Not only are these beautiful, but the processes of collecting leaves, peeling crayons, and melting the wax with an iron are sure to capture a child's attention. Make a Lantern! Luminaries are perfect for brightening a crisp … [Read more...]